Treasures Old and New
Images in the Lectionary
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— Ruth Duck, Professor of Worship, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"Never has the lectionary come so alive as in these pages. This work itself is a treasure, lavishly unfolding forty major images that flow as lifeblood through the scriptures appointed for liturgical use. Gail Ramshaw's rare combination of literary, liturgical, biblical, and spiritual insight illuminates how images are the heart of the matter for pondering and proclaiming the gospel in our time. This book is a joy to read, and an immensely generative resource for all who preach and plan worship across the ecumenical spectrum."
— Don E. Saliers, William R. Cannon Professor of Theology and Worship, Candler School of Theology
"Preachers know that going from the world of the Bible to the world they and their bearers inhabit is by no means easy. Often they resort to anecdote, whimsy, or trivial example to achieve the transition. Gail Ramshaw has shown a more excellent way. Her treasury of images, unlocked and freely given, is either biblical or biblically derived. Here is a bridge on which to travel form the lectionary readings to the active minds in the pews. Like the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno with its rich array of ships, this bridge of images will help carry worshipers from the scriptural word to the things their thoughts have been on all week long."
— Gerard Sloyan, Professional Lecturer, Catholic University of America and Georgetown University
"Treasures Old and New provides a feast of ever-deepening biblical images, each uniquely proclaiming the profound mercy of our Trinitarian God. Gail Ramshaw shows how these images are treasures that help to form the community of faith. Using mysticism and metaphor, theology and history, biology and psychology, undergirded by both feminist and orthodox insight, Ramshaw skillfully draws the reader into the intimate connections of scripture, symbol, and liturgy. In a world of frequent liturgical confusion and burgeoning biblical illiteracy, Treasures Old and New comes as a welcome lantern, shedding light for the journey."
— Diane Jacobson, Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary